Ends the International break, Starts the Arsenal season. Featured Profile: Joel Campbell

Good Afternoon!

Yesterday saw some of our players playing for their respective national squad for the last time till October. Thankfully, no news have emerged of any injuries as yet. However, in yesterday’s England match against Wales, Walcott did not even make the bench. It was rumoured that injury forced him out, and he took a few days off to recover. Let’s hope this turns out to be false, or if true, that he makes a speedy recovery. After all, the speedy forward has already scored 3 goals for us!

We will break with tradition and first get the update on players on national duty yesterday.

First up, Englands won 1-0 against Wales. The England squad used to contain a bulk of Arsenal players, yet yesterday was the first time in a long while I have not seen any Arsenal players in the England match day squad. This must be due to the injuries to players like Walcott and Jack Wilshere. Anyway, the only Arsenal player to feature in this match is Aaron Ramsey. Despite the loss to England, the Welsh captain picked up the man of the match award. Aye aye! Go Rambo! The youngster’s form since his return from injury has been encouraging, and I hope he does keep it up for Arsenal.

Robin Van Persie played for Holland in their 2-0 win over Finland, and with Holland’s place in the European Championship secured, perhaps he may be rested for any further games the Orange Army has to play.

Our latest acquisition from Monaco continued his rich vein of form, and scored a goal in the 1-1 draw with Kuwait. In his last game, he had scored a hat trick against Lebanon, but I insisted that they were due to the poor defense of Lebanon. However, he has sort of reassured me a little, as Kuwait are a top team in the Asian region, and to score against them shows a little of his pedigree. The striker beat the offside trap and received the ball at the edge of the penalty box, turned his body and smashed in a shot in. Great movement and finishing. I am really excited to see how the South Korean would fare for us over the coming two years! Goals and match highlights can be viewed here!

In other games, Mertesacker played against Arsenal team-mate Szczesny in Germany’s 2-2 draw with Polland. Both players played the full 90minutes in the friendly. Our impressive keeper seemed to have thwarted the Germans many times according to match report. Important player Szczesny is turning to be. Last season saw the fans and supporters screaming for a new keeper, but this Pole has silenced them all since, and our priorities now have switched to defenders and midfielders. Click here to watch his MoM performance against Germany.

Sagna made his return from his virus illness, and played 90mins in France 0-0 draw with Romania. Good to be back Sagna! Koscielny was on the bench for France as well, but is still waiting for his first international cap. Arshavin was involved in his country 0-0 draw with Ireland. Did nothing once again. You sad man, yes you are, Arshavin. Last but not least, Djourou played for Switzerland in their 3-1 win over Bulgaria. As Djourou’s form has been alarmingly dipping in recent games, here’s hoping that the win go some way in helping him gain some confidence.

And on a day with little news, any news would be grabbed upon to make the headlines.

Hill-Wood dismisses ‘nonsense’ Wenger reports

The chairman has come out and given Arsene the vote of support. I don’t see how they can afford not to give him support. If the cunt Nasri is to be trusted, apparently the board is preventing Le Boss from spending too much so as to use some of the funds to increase wages of players like Van Persie.. True, Wenger may have lost games, however the board too has to shoulder some blame for not giving Wenger more support in the market scene.

Frankly, that is all for today. If you are still craving for more to read, scroll on down for today’s featured profile of Joel Campbell. Another good read would be by Jeorgebird, who paints the tough lifes of our young talents, and how we should not expect too much of them. Don’t forget to subscribe by either leaving a comment and clicking on the notify me of new post button, or going to my home page and simply sign up for subscription on the right hand side of the page!

Joel Campbell

A fairly  short one for him I am afraid. Not much to be found, and a very short career so far too.

Joel Campbell, - Photo Arsenal.com

Joel Campbell was borned in 1992, in Costa Rica. The striker started out at Deportivo Sapprisa in 2009, and then loaned out to Punterarenas. Nothing from his career stands out at the moment, and being 19 of age this is understandable.

The pacey youngster attracted attention with his performances for his national team, first in the CONCACAF U17, followed by the U19 and finally in the recently concluded Copa America. He was first mooted for a move to Arsenal, but the player got arrogant and decided to wait and see what other offers he may receive. Arsenal were so incensed they were prepared to pull the plug on the deal. However, 2 weeks later, when it became apparent that only Arsenal were interested, did the youngster finally sign a deal to move to Arsenal for allegedly 2m.

When he first arrived, Wenger made it clear he saw the youngster as a first team player. This despite the youngster playing in “weaker” leagues, and not being accustomed to the Premier League. However, fate has intervened, and Joel Campbell application for a work permit was rejected by the Football Association.

Hence, the youngster has been sent out on loan to Lorient until his work permit issues are settled. All loanees will be covered as much as possible in this site, so do check back if you want to keep up with the performance of our players on loan.

Joel Campbell, contains what Arsene likes, pace. He is full of tricks, and has good control of the ball as well. However, his strength may be his weakness, as he tends to do one too many stepovers, and stepovers effectiveness in the top leagues are relatively low. The tendency to showboat could result in mistakes being committed too. The striker also has technique. He has a good finish in him, and is able to pack a good freekick as can be seen in his goals videos. Do take note that videos are highly deceiving, and could make even me seem like Thierry Henry.

The youngster has all the signs of becoming a top player, with his pace, ball control and technique. However, his attitude, which showed in his snubbing of Arsenal initially just to see whether he would get a better deal elsewhere, is a  cause for concern. Over the years, we have seen many players fail due to their flippant attitude, and think that they are too good to fail. Joel Campbell has to mature, and know that to work hard is to succeed.

Overall, this purchase is a gamble, and whether it proves to be another of Arsene’s astute signings, is all up to whether the Costa Rican wants to work hard to get to the pinnacle.

As per norm, a video of what the striker is capable of. Enjoy monsieurs.


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